Fly-in brings attention to airport

Published 11:42 pm Tuesday, May 17, 2011

An estimated 3,000 people visited the Brewton Municipal Airport Saturday, climbing aboard an Air Force V22 Osprey and getting a closer look at a variety of aircraft in town for the second annual Brewton Spring Fly-In.

“It was fantastic,” said airport Fixed Base Operations Manager Freddie McCall. “It brings attention to our community that we have a viable economic asset in our airport.”

The fly-in attracted dozens of aircraft — from remote-controlled airplanes that wowed the crowd with tricks to a bi-plane offering spectators a ride in the skies.

Aviation fans of all ages had the chance to peek at the controls of helicopters, small planes and even a jet.

McCall said the Osprey, brought by the Air Force from Hurlburt Field for the day, was a big draw, and a motorcycle and car show also drew more than 125 entrants. In fact, the entire day was a boosts for Brewton — with visitors spending money with local merchants and staying in local hotels, he said.

The entire event — other than plane rides — was free, McCall said, thanks to sponsors Gulf Winds Federal Credit Union, Aviation Specialists, BankTrust, F&S Environmental and the Farm Center. “If we can keep up that kind of support, we’ll be good,” McCall said.

The fly-in was put on by the airport, City of Brewton and Brewton Chamber of Commerce.